Educational Program

Our Educational Program is run across all our services’ rooms and is underpinned by the Early Learning Years Framework.

Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.

The Framework is a key component of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care.

It underpins universal access to early childhood education. Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Framework is also available in 11 languages other than English. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the translated documents, please contact 13 36 84.” [1] https://www.education.gov.au/early-years-learning-framework

School Readiness

Families often hear the term ‘School Readiness’ in relation to children’s transition to school. When assessing a child’s readiness to start school it is important to consider a range of factors, including the child’s age, their maturity, their social skills, their physical well-being and their ability to undertake simple self-help tasks independently.

At Neidpath Childcare Centre our aim is to transition confident children to school by supporting the child’s strengths and skills. Throughout our entire service we help children to become more independent and we encourage them to develop self-help skills, promoting a sense of responsibility, involving children in decision making to help them understand social rules.

Beginning school is one of the key transition points during childhood. Children’s long-term success in school drives from their learning experiences in early childhood services and the ongoing learning environment in the early school years. We shall endeavour to provide a smooth transition between our service and the school environment as this will increase the likelihood of continuing lifelong learning.

Throughout the year Educators will plan their curriculum around working towards preparing the children for school. These milestones will include:

Sharing
Taking Turns
Lining Up
Ensuring children are able to put their jacket on
Children can write and recognise their name (not using a tracing method)

We endeavour to be involved as closely and often as possible with our local primary schools with any activities that they may allow us to participate in.

Towards the end of the year the Centre will organise several ‘transition to school’ visits at local primary schools where possible, this is in addition to the formal orientation sessions run by the school.

Learning the basics – ABC and 1,2,3

Literacy and Mathematical concepts are introduced to the children at an age appropriate level, starting in our 0-2 room continuing throughout the rest of the service.

In our 3.5 – 5 year room and only for those going to school the following year the Educators set aside one hour each day during school term where children will work through some workbooks designed specifically in the New South Wales Foundation Style.

Children are not forced to undertake this activity. In fact it’s quite the opposite and the Educators find the children remind them “it’s school readiness time” as they are interested and excited to be taking on this challenge.

PALS Program

PALS Social Skills Program has been designed by clinical psychologists and early childhood educators for children from three to six years of age for use in day care centres, preschools and kindergarten classrooms and other early childhood centres. The children are taught constructive ways to solve problems that arise in social situations. This is done through stories acted out by puppets, video scenarios, probe questions, role-play activities and songs. PALS Social Skills program consists of ten sessions, each focusing on a particular skill. One skill builds on another so that the program gradually progresses to the more complex skills required for competent social interactions.

Skills taught:
1.  Greeting others
2.  Taking turns: talking and listening
3.  Taking turns at play
4.  Sharing
5.  Asking for help
6.  Identifying feelings
7.  Empathy
8.  Overcoming fear and anxiety
9.  Managing frustration
10. Calming down and speaking up

This program runs for 10 weeks however we do run it several times during the year.

SIGN LANGUAGE

As part of our program in the 3.5-5 year room we are currently running brief sessions on signing basics. The children really enjoy learning this other language.